Six teams signed up for bas­ket­ball league

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT - HS Man­ju­nath

SIX teams have so far con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion in the up­com­ing Cam­bo­dia Bas­ket­ball League for the 2017 sea­son with more clubs from across the coun­try likely to sign up be­fore the Septem­ber 30 dead­line.

The fifth edi­tion of the CBL is billed to start on Oc­to­ber 7 and the six teams who have com­pleted the sign-in are 2016 run­ners up Ex­tra Joss Fighters, Blue Kraits, MGSM, Smart Dragons, Blue Thun­ders and Siem Reap.

Reigning cham­pi­ons ALLN Con­fu­cius Su­per­men and 2015 win­ners Mekong Tigers have yet to in­di­cate their will­ing­ness to join even as 2014 champs Pate 310 are ex­pected to stage a come­back af­ter miss­ing out last year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The full line-up for the sea­son will be fi­nalised soon af­ter the the play­ers reg­is­tra­tion is com­pleted.

“I am de­lighted to wel­come back those clubs which have al­ready had a taste of the spe­cial at­mos­phere of the CBL as well as the new­com­ers” said Cam­bo­dia Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Kao Kanaly fol­low­ing a team own­ers meet­ing held at the CBF of­fice on Wed­nes­day.

“Every team brings some­thing spe­cial to this event. The pres­ence of these teams high­lights the truly cos­mopoli­tan na­ture of the CBL” CBF’s Mar­ket­ing and Me­dia Man­ager Ken Gadaffi told The Post.

“CBL is all about giv­ing an op­por­tu­nity for the clubs to prove that they have what it takes where it re­ally mat­ters – on the court.”

In a bid to in­crease the fan base and at­tract more spon­sor­ships, team man­agers have de­cided to in­crease the quota of Cam­bo­dian play­ers tak­ing part in the league and to en­sure one lo­cal player is on the court at every quar­ter of the game. Teams run by for­eign own­ers also have an op­por­tu­nity to draft lo­cal play­ers re­stricted to a min­i­mum of three in each line-up.

“We are fac­ing prob­lems with spon­sor­ship. Right now there is no main spon­sor. So the CBF and team own­ers are look­ing for best pos­si­ble ways to go ahead with the league with­out ma­jor spon­sors” said Gadaffi.

In all 10 teams will con­test the reg­u­lar sea­son with eight qual­i­fiers mov­ing to the play offs af­ter a round robin. The fi­nal four will play knock­out semi-fi­nals to de­ter­mine the two fi­nal­ists.

The ini­tial draw sort­ing out the qual­i­fi­ca­tion rounds and the reg­u­lar sea­son phase will be held on Septem­ber 26 at the CBF Sec­re­tariat.

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